Congressman Aaron Schock visits with WIU agricultural professor Win Phippen.
(Emily Boyer/WIUM)
March 16, 2015

Donors Had Role In Schock’s 2014 Property Deal

Records show that a shell company linked to GOP Congressman Aaron Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in Peoria, then took out a $600,000 mortgage for the property from a local bank run by other donors.


Gov. Bruce Rauner visits with employees of Combe Laboratories in Rantoul on March 11.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
March 16, 2015

Gov. Rauner To Pursue Pension Plan Regardless Of High Court Ruling

Rauner says his proposal- to place current state workers into a lesser plan going forward or giving them the option of taking a payout, then converting to a defined contribution plan - is better whatever Illinois' Supreme Court decides.


Illlinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan is joined by state workers outside the Illinois Supreme Court.
(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
March 11, 2015

State’s High Court Hears Arguments In Pension Case

Oral arguments have begun before the Illinois Supreme Court on whether a massive state-employee pension bailout invalidated last fall by a lower court will be revived.


EPA map of Sole Source Aquifer area in Mahomet Aquifer.
(EPA)
March 11, 2015

EPA Designates Mahomet Aquifer ‘Sole Source Aquifer’

The EPA on Wednesday said the Mahomet aquifer is primary water source for more than 750,000 people in central Illinois. That guarantees extra scrutiny of any project there that includes federal finances.


Corrupt Illinois
Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality by: Dick Simpson and Thomas J. Gradel
(Photo: University of Illinois Press)
March 11, 2015

Why Is Illinois So Corrupt?

Anyone with a passing interest in Illinois politics knows the state has a reputation for corruption. A new book attempts to chronicle the wrong-doing, and propose a plan to combat it.


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